TEXAS (KETK) - One Texas musician gets the gift of sight and decides to pay it forward.
Robert "Blind Dog" Cook. (Photo Courtesy: NBC)
Since birth, Blind Dog has lived everyday without fully seeing the world.
"A lot of babies were born with too much oxygen which caused the cataracts. At that time, they would do surgery to remove the lenses in your eyes. I've gone without those all my life," says Robert "Blind Dog" Cook.
After hearing the story of new technology helping a young Kilgore boy see, Blind Dog started doing his research.
"Legally blind people try so many different things, but some of them don't work," Blind Dog said.
Despite his skepticism, his daughter set up a GoFundMe page to raise the funds needed for a pair of new eyeglasses.
"People that I know, people that who know people that I know came together, and within just a couple of weeks we had gone above and beyond our goal," Blind Dog said.
Within a few short weeks, Nu-Eyes traveled to Marshall to give Blind Dog the new chapter of his life.
"I'm thinking change with Nu-Eyes, and my playing music is that I'll actually be able to read the music," Blind Dog said.
And a new mission in life.
"This was a gift, and there no way to do it without paying it forward," Blind Dog said.
Blind Dog took the extra money raised and surprised a young Dallas teen named Parker with the same set of glasses.
"I'm looking at things, I can see the computer better. For him, it's literally the difference between reading and not reading," Blind Dog said.
"There were letters twice that size that he couldn't see. I had the same emotion, but I was thinking 'This is not fair, this isn't right,'" Parker's mother said.
For Parker, his life is just beginning.
For Blind Dog, his new purpose is giving the gift of sight.
"I'm an old guy. I love them. But to a kid, it's going to be amazing," Blind Dog said.
And embracing each new strum.